What does bore mean?

Definitions for bore
bɔr, boʊrbore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bore, dullardnoun

    a person who evokes boredom

  2. tidal bore, bore, eagre, aegir, eagernoun

    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

  3. bore, gauge, caliber, calibrenoun

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel

  4. bore, bore-hole, drill holeverb

    a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

  5. bore, tireverb

    cause to be bored

  6. bore, drillverb

    make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool

    "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe"; "drill a hole into the wall"; "drill for oil"; "carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"


  1. borenoun

    A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave; an eagre.

  2. Etymology: From borian. Confer Danish bore, Norwegian bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forare. Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Borenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Into hollow engines long and round,
    Thick ramm’d, at th’ other bore with touch of fire
    Dilated, and infuriate. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    We took a cylindrical pipe of glass, whose bore was about a quarter of an inch in diameter. Boyle.

    So shall that hole be fit for the file, or square bore, if the curiosity of your proposed work cannot allow it to pass without filing. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.

    Our careful monarch stands in person by,
    This new-cast cannon’s firmness to explore;
    The strength of big-corn’d powder loves to try,
    And ball and cartridge sorts for every bore. Dryden.

    It will best appear in the bores of wind instruments; therefore cause pipes to be made with a single, double, and so on, to a sextuple bore; and mark what tone every one giveth. Francis Bacon.

  2. Bare or Borethe preterite of to bear.

  3. Borethe preterite of bear.

    The father bore it with undaunted soul,
    Like one who durst his destiny controul;
    Yet with becoming grief he bore his part,
    Resign’d his son, but not resign’d his heart. Dryden.

    ’Twas my fate
    To kill my father, and pollute his bed,
    By marrying her who bore me. John Dryden, OEdipus.

  4. To BOREverb

    To pierce in a hole.

    Etymology: borian, Sax.

    I’ll believe as soon,
    This whole earth may be bor’d; and that the moon
    May through the centre creep. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dr.

    Mulberries will be fairer, if you bore the trunk of the tree through, and thrust, into the places bored, wedges of some hot trees. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist. №. 456.

    Take the barrel of a long gun, perfectly bored, and set it upright, and take a bullet exactly fit for it; and then if you suck at the mouth of the barrel never so gently, the bullet will come up so forcibly, that it will hazard the striking out your teeth. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    But Capys, and the graver sort, thought fit
    The Greeks suspected present to commit
    To seas or flames; at least, to search and bore
    The sides, and what that space contains t’explore. John Denham.

    These diminutive caterpillars are able, by degrees, to pierce or bore their way into a tree, with very small holes; which, after they are fully entered, grow together. John Ray.

    Consider, reader, what fatigues I’ve known,
    What riots seen, what bustling crouds I bor’d,
    How oft I cross’d where carts and coaches roar’d. John Gay.

  5. To Boreverb

    A man may make an instrument to bore a hole an inch wide, or half an inch, and so less; not to bore a hole of a foot. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    Those milk paps,
    That through the window lawn bore at men’s eyes,
    Are not within the leaf of pity writ. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Nor southward to the raining regions run;
    But boring to the west, and hov’ring there,
    With gaping mouths they draw prolifick air. Dryden.

  6. To Boreverb

    with farriers. Is when a horse carries his nose near the ground. Dict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bore

    of Bear

  2. Boreverb

    to perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round hole in or through; to pierce; as, to bore a plank

  3. Boreverb

    to form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or apparatus; as, to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole

  4. Boreverb

    to make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; as, to bore one's way through a crowd; to force a narrow and difficult passage through

  5. Boreverb

    to weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester

  6. Boreverb

    to befool; to trick

  7. Boreverb

    to make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet; to bore into a tree (as insects)

  8. Boreverb

    to be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore

  9. Boreverb

    to push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort

  10. Boreverb

    to shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse

  11. Borenoun

    a hole made by boring; a perforation

  12. Borenoun

    the internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube

  13. Borenoun

    the size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber

  14. Borenoun

    a tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger

  15. Borenoun

    caliber; importance

  16. Borenoun

    a person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui

  17. Borenoun

    a tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or location, in one or more waves which present a very abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to shipping, as at the mouth of the Amazon, in South America, the Hoogly and Indus, in India, and the Tsien-tang, in China

  18. Borenoun

    less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when not so abrupt, such as occurs at the Bay of Fundy and in the British Channel

  19. Bore

    imp. of 1st & 2d Bear


  1. Bore

    Bore is the diameter measurement of the cylinders in a piston engine. Engine displacement is calculated by: The term "bore" can also be applied to the bore of a locomotive cylinder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bore

    bōr, v.t. to pierce so as to form a hole; to weary or annoy.—n. a hole made by boring: the size of the cavity of a gun; a person or thing that wearies (not from the foregoing, according to Dr Murray, who says both verb and noun arose after 1750).—ns. Bor′er, the person or thing that bores: a genus of sea-worms that pierce wood; a name common to many insects that pierce wood; Bor′ing, the act of making a hole in anything: a hole made by boring: (pl.) the chips produced by boring. [A.S. borian, to bore; cf. Ger. bohren; allied to L. for-āre, to bore, Gr. pharynx, the gullet.]

  2. Bore

    bōr, did bear, pa.t. of Bear.

  3. Bore

    bōr, n. a tidal flood which rushes with great violence up the estuaries of certain rivers, also called Eagre. [Ice. bára, a wave or swell.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bore

    a watery ridge rushing violently up an estuary, due to a strong tidal wave travelling up a gradually narrowing channel. Bores are common in the estuary of the Ganges and other Asiatic rivers, in those of Brazil, and at the mouth of the Severn, in England.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bore

    A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain inlets of the sea; as the monstrous wave in the river Hooghly, called bahu by the natives, which rolls in with the noise of distant thunder at flood-tide. It occurs from February to November, at the new and full moon. Its cause has not been clearly defined, although it probably arises from the currents during spring-tides, acting on a peculiar conformation of the banks and bed of the river; it strikes invariably on the same part of the banks, majestically rolling over to one side, and passing on diagonally to the other with impetuous violence. The bore also occurs in England, near Bristol; and in America, in several rivers, but especially in the Bay of Fundy, where at the river Petticodiac the tide rises 76 feet. It also occurs in Borneo and several rivers in the East. (See HYGRE.) Also, the interior cavity of a piece of ordnance, generally cylindrical in shape, except when a part of it is modified into a chamber.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bore

    Of a piece of ordnance includes all the part bored out, viz., the cylinder, the chamber (if there is one), and the conical or spherical surface connecting them.

Editors Contribution

  1. Borenoun

    Internal diameter of a cylinder.

    A pipe hole

    Etymology: Drum

    Submitted by stephana_s on September 18, 2021  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Bore

    This name was first applied by the “Macaronies” to any person who disapproved of foppishness or dandyism. Nowadays it implies one whose conversation is uninteresting, and whose society becomes repugnant.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BORE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bore is ranked #126018 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bore surname appeared 136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bore.

    65.4% or 89 total occurrences were White.
    19.8% or 27 total occurrences were Black.
    9.5% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.6% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bore in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bore in a Sentence

  1. La Bruy?re:

    It is the character of a simpleton to be a bore. A man of sense sees at once whether he is welcome or tiresome; he knows to withdraw the moment that precedes that in which he would be in the least in the way.

  2. John Updike:

    A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.

  3. Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:

    Jenny replied to this with a bitterness which might have surprized a judicious person, who had observed the tranquillity with which she bore all the affronts to her chastity; but her patience was perhaps tired out, for this is a virtue which is very apt to be fatigued by exercise.

  4. Bashar Batayneh:

    Jordan bore the heavy load of the Syrian refugee crises on behalf of the international community and was deeply impacted regarding water. Refugees cost the water sector over $ 600 million per year while Jordan received a fraction of this amount from the international community.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.

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Translations for bore

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تجويفArabic
  • дупка, досаден човек, отвор, вътрешен диаметърBulgarian
  • perforar, avorrir, rissaga, foradar, barrinarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyvrtat, vrtat, nuditCzech
  • bore, kedeDanish
  • bohren, langweilen, BohrungGerman
  • οπήGreek
  • tediEsperanto
  • aburrir, taladro, agujerear, perforar, horadarSpanish
  • tylsistyttää, porataFinnish
  • keða, boraFaroese
  • barber, ennuyer, mascaret, percerFrench
  • toll, cró gunna, cró, leadránaíIrish
  • towlManx
  • לשעמםHebrew
  • kifúr, untat, fúr, kivájHungarian
  • boraIcelandic
  • alesare, tediare, annoiareItalian
  • いらいらさせるJapanese
  • boreLatin
  • wiri, ore, rōrea, poka, oreoreMāori
  • vervelen, borenDutch
  • bore, kjedeNorwegian
  • entediar, chatear, cavar, aborrecerPortuguese
  • hut'kuyQuechua
  • gaurii, plictisiRomanian
  • надоесть, отве́рстие, буравить, зану́да, наскучивать, сверлить, надоедатьRussian
  • búšiti, дoсадњаковић, доса́дити, додијати, dosadnjaković, dodijati, бу́шити, dosađívati, dosáditi, сврдлати, svrdlati, досађи́ватиSerbo-Croatian
  • tråkmåns, tråka ut, borraSwedish
  • بورUrdu
  • Chinese

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